noun, often attributive
cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , -lē-\

Definition of cauliflower

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

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Here’s a guide for what to do when: August-September: Remove squash and beans; plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and chard seedlings. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Time to plant cool season crops," 5 Sep. 2019 My vegetarian friend enjoyed the cauliflower with roasted aubergine and smoked pine nuts, and yes, those oysters, served with a chamomile mignonette, are reason enough to come. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado’s new hotspot, San Diego’s coolest happy hour and more from our must list," 3 Sep. 2019 The best vegetables to plant in fall Cruciferous vegetables—like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage—love the cooler temperatures of autumn. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Now Is the Perfect Time to Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden," 26 Aug. 2019 Whitefriars is more Modern Irish, with lots of nods to international flavors: Think tandoori chicken, Shepherd’s pie with duck, and eggplant cannelloni for the veg friends, plus standout sides like cheesy cauliflower with tobacco-scented onions. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Simple cauliflower, cooked three ways (caramelized, fermented, simmered), is sublime, while the calamari is prepared like cacio e pepe, and the iced dessert pop pairs with a cocktail poured tableside—like carrot cake condensed in a glass. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 The big vegetables of the cool weather garden — broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale — should be started in seed trays now so that seedlings can be planted in September and October. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Saying goodbye to summer," 8 Aug. 2019 Cover the pan tightly in foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Alexandra Hall,, "Can you make a vegetarian meal on the grill? Let local chefs show you how," 17 July 2019 Firm, crisp foods tend to hold up best to pickling, so things like green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, okra, carrots, beets and corn will always be good. Don’t be afraid to try firm fruits like cherries, too. Justin Ward,, "How to make simple pickles at home," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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cau·​li·​flow·​er | \ ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce cauliflower (audio) , ˈkä-\

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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